Todays Word: “beau geste”

Word: beau geste

PRONUNCIATION:

(bo ZHEST)

plural beaux gestes (bo ZHEST)

 MEANING:

noun: A gracious, but often meaningless, gesture.

ETYMOLOGY:

From French, literally fine gesture. Earliest documented use: 1920.

USAGE:

“An effective encore doesn’t risk becoming an empty beau geste; it is an emotional p.s. somehow relating to the mood of the written program.”
Peter Dobrin; Applauding the Orchestra for Offering Encores; The Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania); Jan 15, 2011.

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